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Ralph Ellison

Ralph Waldo Ellison was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act, a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory. For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him "among the gods of America's literary Parnassus." A posthumous novel, Juneteenth,... Read More

BornRalph Waldo Ellison
March 1, 1913
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
DiedApril 16, 1994 (aged 80)
New York City
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